There’s more to the Gardiner than our collections. Take a clay class, learn about the art of ceramics with world-renowned guest speakers, or join us for one of our many special events.
The Gardiner Museum celebrates the art of ceramics and engages local and international audiences by promoting understanding of the long history of people crafting in clay.
Through the display of its permanent collections and special exhibitions, as well as through studio education, programs that engage diverse communities, and major contributions to scholarship, the Gardiner champions ceramics.
Support from the community is vital to the Gardiner’s ability to continue to provide
Reserve your table at CLAY Restaurant for January 31 - February 13 and enjoy a delicious $33 prix fixe menu featuring fresh, local fare. Choose from mushroom toast with burnt honey, Fogo Island cod fish and chips, our famous lamb burger, and more delectable dishes created by Chef Bianca Azupardo and her team.
The Gardiner Museum is always adding to our collection of both historical and contemporary ceramics. Our current lobby exhibition brings together a selection of modern and contemporary works acquired since the arrival of Chief Curator Sequoia Miller in April 2018 and on display for the first time.
Our popular March Break Camps give kids the opportunity to explore their creativity through clay, meet new friends, and learn hands-on skills under the guidance of a professional artist. Spots are filling up quickly. Register now!
The Gardiner Museum is among the few museums in the world focused on ceramics, and is one of the most important specialty museums internationally. It houses approximately 4,000 objects, including European porcelain, ceramics from the Ancient Americas, Chinese porcelain, Japanese porcelain, and contemporary ceramics. Search the collection online!
Support the Gardiner's mission to champion clay, build community, and promote arts education. All of our memberships include a full year of free admission to the Museum, as well as discounts at CLAY Restaurant and the Gardiner Shop, and start and at just $30!
You may recall that in 2007 that the Gardiner Museum won high praise from the Pug Awards when our building won the People’s Choice Award for Best Commercial & Institutional Building.
Last night we were once again honoured – this time with the Pug Award’s Best of the Best Architecture Award in Toronto of the Past Ten Years (Commercial Category).
The award is confirmation of what we have believed for the past decade – that our building is one of the most beautiful in the city. Our research consistently shows that it is one of our unique attributes that visitors find appealing, and that contributes to a positive impression when they visit.
We gratefully acknowledge the leadership of previous Executive Director, Alexandra Montgomery, and Helen Gardiner, the Honourary Chair of the Capital Campaign, who led the transformation of the Gardiner Museum, designed by Bruce Kuwabara and Shirley Blumberg of KPMB Architects. We re-opened to great acclaim in 2006. We also recognize the leadership of William Hewitt and Aaron Milrad, who were the Chairs of the Board during the capital campaign.
The transformation of the Gardiner Museum would also not have been possible without the generosity of the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program, Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, a transformative gift from Helen Gardiner, two anonymous gifts over $1 million, and the gifts of over 25 individual donors who gave over $100,000 to the capital campaign.
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